April 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Amazon Launches AutoRip for Vinyl, Your Local Record Dealer Faints

amazon autoripAmazon has done for records what it did for CDs: added an AutoRip feature, so that whenever you buy records from Amazon, you’ll get the MP3s too, neatly deposited into your Amazon cloud account, from whence you can download it onto your thingy of choice. As if your local record dealer didn’t already have enough to worry about, this could be what finally sends him to the loony bin.

Plenty of records come with download codes for free MP3s, so that you don’t have to rip the records yourself, but Amazon’s move makes it, in one fell swoop, the best (i.e. most convenient) place to buy vinyl if you also want the convenience of digital files. No codes, no hassle.

You know why nobody else offers this? Because nobody else can.

There are now three ways to get music into your Amazon Cloud Player as 256 Kbps MP3 files:

Here’s the statement from Amazon:

Amazon AutoRip Extends to Vinyl—Customers Now Receive Free MP3 Versions of Vinyl Records Purchased From Amazon—Past, Present and Future

Customers who purchased vinyl records from Amazon dating back to 1998 will find MP3 versions automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries – free of charge

AutoRip eliminates the challenge of making a digital copy of your vinyl records

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has extended its popular AutoRip service to vinyl records. AutoRip was introduced in January of this year to give customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase. Starting today, when customers purchase an AutoRip vinyl record, a digital copy of that music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where it will be available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download. Customers no longer need to go through the hassle of making a digital copy of a vinyl record. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also for free. Thousands of records, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are being added all the time—just look for the AutoRip logo.

“Amazon Cloud is one of the best services I’ve ever used on the internet; ever. The AutoRip feature has just upped the ante again.”

“AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon. “It’s a fun experience to suddenly find CDs you purchased just today—or 15 years ago—added automatically and free of charge to your digital library. We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records. Many of our music customers are vinyl fans and it’s traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records—now customers can enjoy the albums they buy wherever they are, not just when they have access to a record player.”

AutoRip features include:

  • Free digital copies: Amazon customers who purchase AutoRip vinyl records get free MP3 versions of the albums delivered directly to their Cloud Player libraries—automatically, immediately, and at no cost—no more hassling with finding a way to get them onto your favorite devices.
  • For vinyl record purchases dating back to 1998: MP3 versions of AutoRip records that customers have purchased since the launch of Amazon’s music store in 1998 will also be delivered to their Cloud Player libraries for free.
  • Enjoy everywhere: Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TV, Roku, Sonos, from any web browser, and from Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles, giving customers the freedom to enjoy music from more devices than any other major cloud locker music service.
  • Free storage and backup: All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device.
  • High-quality audio: AutoRip music is provided in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio.

AutoRip for vinyl is available for industry-wide top-sellers and customer favorites like “Babel” by Mumford & Sons, “The Lumineers,” by The Lumineers, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” by Bruno Mars, “All that Echoes,” by Josh Groban, “Greatest Hits – Chapter 1,” by Kelly Clarkson and “Alabama Shakes,” by Alabama Shakes. AutoRip for CDs launched in January of this year. Here’s what customers said:


Customers can sign up for a free Amazon Cloud Player account by visiting www.amazon.com/cloudplayer or by downloading one of our free apps from the Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play or the iTunes Appstore.

AutoRip for vinyl is the latest in a series of new digital music features from Amazon launched in recent months. Recently, Amazon announced a new Cloud Player for iPad app, just following the launch of an Amazon MP3 store optimized specifically for iPhone and iPod touch. Earlier this year, Amazon announced Cloud Player integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles, giving customers access to their Cloud Player libraries while on the road. Last year, Amazon launched Cloud Player apps for iPhone and iPod touch, Sonos, Roku and Samsung TVs. The company also introduced scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching eligible songs on their computers to Amazon’s music catalog. All matched songs – even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs – are delivered in high-quality 256 Kbps audio and are made available instantly in customers’ Cloud Player libraries, making it even easier for customers to enjoy their entire music collection anywhere. The Amazon MP3 Store now offers more than 23 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at $5.

For more information about AutoRip visit www.amazon.com/AutoRip.

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  • Riley Lynch

    Lots of indie labels (such as Polyvinyl) already do this. Just another reason to buy straight from the label! The only reason Amazon’s feature is novel is because it’s retroactive.